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Apr 08, 2024

Tips for Seasonal Allergy Relief

Seasonal allergies can be a thorn in the side of many. With symptoms ranging from a runny nose or sneezing to itchy eyes and a scratchy throat, they can really disrupt our daily lives. But don’t worry; OccuMed Primary Care is here to help you manage these seasonal nuisances and improve your overall well-being. 

Understanding Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, are triggered by allergens in the environment at certain times of the year. The most common allergens include pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds. When these tiny particles enter your body, your immune system may overreact, resulting in uncomfortable symptoms. Common symptoms of seasonal allergies include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Itchy throat or ears
  • Fatigue

Treatments for Seasonal Allergies

There are various options for managing seasonal allergies, and the right treatment depends on your specific symptoms and triggers. Over-the-counter medications, including antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal sprays, can provide immediate relief. However, if your allergies are severe or persistent, our team at OccuMed Primary Care may recommend prescription medications or allergy shots to help build immunity over time. 

Why Choose OccuMed Primary Care?

At OccuMed Primary Care, we understand that dealing with seasonal allergies can be frustrating. That’s why we adopt a personalized approach to care, focusing on what matters most to you. We believe in treating you as a whole person, not just your symptoms. Together, we will create a treatment plan that meets your needs and goals.

Dr. Shyam Patel, a Family Medicine Specialist at OccuMed Primary Care, has nearly a decade of experience in the medical field. Known for his warm, patient-centered approach, he provides effective and compassionate care to all his patients.

Actionable Tips for Seasonal Allergy Relief

  1. Monitor Pollen Counts: Keep an eye on local weather reports for pollen forecasts. On days when pollen counts are high, try to stay indoors as much as possible.
  2. Keep Windows Closed: To prevent pollen from getting into your home or car, keep windows closed, especially during peak pollen times.
  3. Shower After Spending Time Outdoors: Pollen can cling to your hair and clothes. Showering and changing clothes after being outdoors can help remove these allergens.
  4. Consider Over-the-Counter Medications: Antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal sprays can help relieve allergy symptoms. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting a new medication.
  5. Maintain a Clean Environment: Regularly clean your home to remove any allergens. This includes dusting regularly and changing air filters in your home. 

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Don’t let seasonal allergies keep you from enjoying life. At OccuMed Primary Care, we’re here to help. We offer many services, including primary care, chronic conditions management, acute & immediate care, labs & diagnostic testing, mental health services, and more.

Visit our website to schedule an appointment, or call our office located in Whiting, which is open six days a week for your convenience. We accept most insurance plans. Take the first step towards relief from seasonal allergies today. Choose OccuMed Primary Care – where we treat you well.

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